Judge Denies Obese Inmate’s Claim

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Ronald Post

CLEVELAND — A judge has rejected an obese inmate’s claim that he is too overweight to die via lethal injection.

Ronald Post, 53, says his size would cause extreme torture and his body was too large to be placed on a gurney. Post’s attorneys say Post weighs 490 lbs., while state officials say they weight him in at 396 lbs.

Court records reveal Post had been examined by Dr. Sergio Bergese, an anesthesiologist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

In the documents, Bergese said “a successful insertion of an intravenous catheter in Post would be extremely unlikely.” Bergese said the execution team would likely not be able to find a viable vein in Post’s arms, legs, neck or even torso due to his body fat.

Post is scheduled to be executed January 16, 2013, for the 1983 murder of Helen Vantz. Vantz was working as a hotel clerk at the Slumber Inn in Elyria at the time of her murder.

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